1911 Encyclopædia Britannica/Münster (Alsace)

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MÜNSTER, a town of Germany, in the district of Upper Alsace, 16 m. from Colmar by rail, and at the foot of the Vosges Mountains. Pop. (1905), 6078. Its principal industries are spinning, weaving and bleaching. The town owes its origin to a Benedictine abbey, which was founded in the 7th century, and at one time it was a free city of the empire. In its neighbourhood is the ruin of Schwarzenberg. The Münstertal, or Gregoriental, which is watered by the river Fecht, is famous for its cheese.

See Rathgeber, Münster-im-Gregoriental (Strassburg, 1874) and F. Hecker, Die Stadt and das Tal zu Münster im St Gregoriental (Münster, 1890).